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Wednesday 24th November 2021

If you are visiting this web-site for the first time, a very warm welcome; and for those of you who are 'old hands' welcome back! I hope you will enjoy having a look around.

New on this site is a talk I gave at Shoreline Church, Stubbington, on 10th October, on the subject of my journey to faith. Have a look at the Gallery page and you will see where to click - this wil take you to You Tube where you will find the video and a brief explanation! I am sorry it is not better quality, but you will read why. I hope, nevertheless, that it might be interesting and meaningful.

Before the beginning of Advent we are still essentially in the season of Remembrance - perhaps my favourite time of the year - the lovely, quiet, reflective period before the Christmas rush! The countryside colours have been amazingly beautiful this year. I am fortunate to have the New Forest close by and have enjoyed a couple of delightful walks with pub lunches. This is also the time of year when my music, and that with John Daniels, seems to 'come into its own'. Here in my home village on Remembrance Sunday I attended the service at the War Memorial - always a very moving occasion, and perhaps doubly-so this year on account of there not being one last year. Last Sunday was World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, with my composition The Long Adieu being played at the Act of Remembrance at the RoadPeace annual service.

We very much hope you are enjoying the tracks further down this page - our arrangements of some of our favourite worship songs. There will be another one on its way before too long!

John and I very much hope that our music may have brought many of you comfort and strength during some of the challenging and difficult times we have been through. It is still being played from time to time as a bed for morning thoughts, readings and prayers for weekly online local radio Sunday services.

I am still not able to get in to hospital on a Wednesday for my Chaplaincy duties, and am missing it very much - but we are well and truly back to Parish visiting and it is a privilege to visit people in their homes and also three nursing homes. And for Talking News we have been recording at home since the beginning of the first lockdown, with weekly recordings going out online and on memory sticks.

I always value and enjoy playing as part of the worship group at Shoreline Church, a community church is Stubbington, and tend to be there every other week at the moment. We celebrated our 21st anniversary last year and moved to a new venue, the Crofton Hall at Stubbington Community Centre. More details at https://www.shorelinechristianchurch.com (type in your browser). Sadly the online services which are live-streamed via facebook can no longer be placed on the website and are only available to those facebook users registered with the church. If you would like to register your email address then make contact with our leader Kevin Stares.

My music, and that with John, continues to touch many hearts - and is especially poignant at times of sadness and loss and for reconciliation purposes. Our music seems to have a capacity to bring people together, and this ties in with a comment from one of the vergers at Peterborough Cathedral a couple of years ago that meant a lot to me. The cathedral is used to holding more formal lunchtime concerts during the summer months, but he said that some of them can be a bit highbrow and described my music as being 'inclusive rather than exclusive' - appealing to a wide range of tastes. I took what he said very much to heart and would hope that my music always serves to draw people in rather than turn them away.

And it is always heartening, and humbling too, for both John and I, to receive and read your correspondence. Thank you so much. I would like to share one of the messages with you and have put it on the Reviews page. It is from a lady who has heard me in Norwich Cathedral, and I am grateful for her kind permission to reproduce it, anonymously.

On the Radio page are some interviews which hopefully give an insight into my life and music. For more details on Blue Is the Sky go to http://rsmithcompany.moonfruit.com/#/blue-is-the-sky/4590394637.

I am increasingly being asked where our music is available. Apart from this web-site's Online Shop, and a number of internet sites, our CDs are on sale in a number of Christian bookshops around the country - although sadly many have had to close their doors. All are available through Amazon and/or to download via a number of internet sites including iTunes and CD Baby. Simply go to one of these sites and type the title and/or our names in the Search box.

Once Again
Shout to the Lord
Endless Hallelujah
I Will Offer up my Life
You Alone/Mercy Medley
The Servant Song
Above All Else

Happy listening!

Best wishes

Charles

Something Music Ltd